How to format your references using the Microgravity Science and Technology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Microgravity Science and Technology. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Wang, S.C.: ESSAYS ON SCIENCE AND SOCIETY: In Search of Einstein’s Genius. Science. 289, 1477 (2000)
A journal article with 2 authors
Smaglik, P., Frantz, S.: The biotechnology sector’s craving for commercial expertise is fuelling a cultural exchange with drug industry. Nature. 422, 542–543 (2003)
A journal article with 3 authors
Khor, B., Gardet, A., Xavier, R.J.: Genetics and pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease. Nature. 474, 307–317 (2011)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Sabater, D., Arriarán, S., Romero, M. del M., Agnelli, S., Remesar, X., Fernández-López, J.A., Alemany, M.: Cultured 3T3L1 adipocytes dispose of excess medium glucose as lactate under abundant oxygen availability. Sci. Rep. 4, 3663 (2014)

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
Mitra, A.: Fundamentals of Quality Control and Improvement. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2008)
An edited book
Hancock, E.R., Martin, R.R., Sabin, M.A. eds: Mathematics of Surfaces XIII: 13th IMA International Conference York, UK, September 7-9, 2009 Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2009)
A chapter in an edited book
Altpeter, F., Korzun, V.: Rye. In: Pua, E.-C. and Davey, M.R. (eds.) Transgenic Crops IV. pp. 107–117. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2007)

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Microgravity Science and Technology.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: Even Without Written Codes, Ethical Standards For Human Research Existed Before World War II


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office: New Directions for Federal Programs To Aid Mathematics and Science Teaching. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1984)

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Asare, K.B.: Understanding the Transformational Leadership Practices of Colleges of Education Principals, (2016)

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
Sisario, B.: After Shake-Up, Pandora Picks Chief of Sling TV To Be Its New C.E.O, (2017)

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Wang 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Smaglik and Frantz 2003; Wang 2000).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Smaglik and Frantz 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Sabater et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleMicrogravity Science and Technology
AbbreviationMicrogravity Sci. Technol.
ISSN (print)0938-0108
ISSN (online)1875-0494
ScopeGeneral Engineering
Applied Mathematics
Modelling and Simulation
General Physics and Astronomy

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